Disney Interactive Media Group, the gaming arm of Marvel Comics’ parent company announced today Marvel: Avengers Alliance, the first Marvel or Disney title to launch for the Facebook platform. In the game, a galaxy-wide disaster known as “The Pulse” exposes the Earth to attack by powered up versions of classic Marvel villains. As an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D, the player must assemble teams of heroes to do battle against new alliances of enemies.“This is a deep, turn-based strategic combat game reminiscent of classic console RPGs,” said press representative Cecilia Sandoval when pressed by Newsarama for more details. In game, players can recruit from a pool of "dozens" of heroes including Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Wolverine, Hawkeye and Black Widow. The heroes can then be trained using an in-game collectable called ‘ISO-8’ to improve their stats or develop unique abilities and attacks. In addition to the roster of superheroes, a customizable S.H.I.E.L.D agent player character will join in the action and, Sandoval says, “players can level up [their] characters and equip them with new powers, attacks, gear and special items.” Being on the Facebook platform means that there is a significant multiplayer/social component to the game as well. Players will be able to face-off against their friends, challenging their social graph in super-powered asynchronous PvP battles. Sandoval elaborates, “Players can square off against their friends in PvP ‘battle chambers’ and compete for standing on the leaderboards.” Further details and the full roster of heroes and villains are sketchy at this point, but should be revealed soon as Marvel: Avengers Alliance is set for a launch on Facebook in the first quarter of this year.
AVENGERS Go from Comic Book to Facebook
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